I have a new activity for my bouncy balls to participate in.
I stuck five golf tees into a piece of rigid Styrofoam, and then had kids balance the bouncy balls onto the tees.
You can increase the challenge by holding multiple balls in one hand, and putting the balls on the tee at the same time. This requires some skill at in-hand manipulation, which gets the two sides of the hand doing different jobs. The pinky side is holding the balls while the thumb side is placing the balls.
When we write, we close the pinky side of our hand to stabilize it while the thumb side of the hand works the pen. Doing in-hand manipulation activities helps differentiate the function of the two sides of the hand and helps with control and writing ability.
- Golf tees
- Bouncy balls (or marbles)
- Fine motor
- In-hand manipulation
- Finger strength